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stylebook
The Associated Press Stylebook. The sacred text of journalists and journalism students that is dogmaticly followed regardless of whether the rule is outdated or makes the writing worse.
EDITOR IN CHIEF: Go ask Copy.
BUSINESS EDITOR: Hey Copy, what's the style for "Power Ranger"?
COPY EDITOR: There's no stylebook entry for "Power Ranger." I think the most appropriate synonym in the stylebook is "superhero."
BUSINESS EDITOR: Seriously, let's ignore the stylebook on this one.
EDITOR IN CHIEF: What? We never ignore the stylebook.
BUSINESS EDITOR: Even when it's stupid?
EDITOR IN CHIEF: We don't need a stylebook to tell us what makes sense. We need a stylebook to tell us what doesn't.
BUSINESS EDITOR: But "Superhero" is a shared copyright of Marvel and Time Warner. That's going to get us in some shit.
COPY EDITOR: I think "Power Rangers" is a copyright of the Bandai corporation.
BUSINESS EDITOR: Time Warner has tougher lawyers.
COPY EDITOR: We're a newspaper. They can't sue us for that.
BUSINESS EDITOR: They're Time Warner lawyers. They can sue us for eating breakfast.
EDITOR IN CHIEF: WE ARE NOT BREAKING THE STYLEBOOK. End of discussion.
by Norm Goldstein February 10, 2007
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The Associated Press Stylebook in fact states on the front cover EVEN BEFORE THE TITLE that it is "The Bible of the Newspaper Industry."

To journalism students, the Associated Press is Big Brother. To journalism students, the Associated Press Stylebook is Hammurabi's Law. The Stylebook frequently states "despite the spelling in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, this word should be spelled..."

It also includes a 41 page 'Briefing on Media Law.' This is the result of Big Brother and Hammurabi collaborating and writing 20 pages on what not to do... and then 21 pages on how to get away with it every single time.
"Why did you change the spelling of grey to gray?"
"Because the stylebook told me to do so..."
by David A. Wildcat November 19, 2007

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